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Schmeichel: Sir Alex will keep Man Utd cool

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel says Sir Alex Ferguson will keep his players calm as they chase down a Premiership and Champions League Double this month.

Schmeichel told The Sun: "This is where Fergie excels and separates himself from most managers. Players will come into the Carrington training ground every day and hear Fergie whistling and singing when they step through the door. I won't tell you what kind of voice he has but his singing has an effect by creating a very warm, relaxed atmosphere.

"Then he won't head off as soon as training is finished. Instead, he makes sure he is always there at lunch when the players eat. Fergie will also make sure that everybody understands this is a time you must enjoy and definitely not a time to fret or worry. Two games to go - win both and they are champions. Win one more and they are European champions as well.

"How often will come that way as a pro footballer? Not very often, so Fergie will make sure they enjoy it. Whoever wins the Premier League title always deserves it as it is a long, hard season that can be split into three parts.

"In the first, everyone is fresh and all the new players want to do well. They want to show they can play as individuals but also be team players. The second is the slog over Christmas and New Year. The mood of players can be as dark as the days after dropping your kids off in the dark and then picking them up in the dark.

"Pitches rough up and you have to dig in really hard to get any kind of result. Other teams are always looking to pick up something off you. The third is crunch time when the pressure really starts to tell. It's the final haul to the end of the campaign and there is absolutely no let up in the pressure or games.

"When a squad and their manager can handle all three parts and you come out on top, then you deserve it. That's why the Premier League is the best by a long, long, long way. All the best players want to come here and we have an all-English Champions League final."

Schmeichel, an ambassador for Premier League sponsors Barclays, also believes no grudges are held after Fergie has a rant.

He added: "Alex lets it rip, he gets it out. It happens in that moment - you understand exactly what he means and then it's gone. I've had other managers who come in on Monday, they've said nothing after the game, and you can sense the atmosphere and anger. That just brings insecurity to the squad and that will be taken on to the pitch.

"With Fergie it's different. It's said, it's gone and the next minute he is playing cards with the players on the team bus heading home."

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